Ever pick up one of those books that caught your attention unexpectedly? Those are my favorite. Today we’re talking about books that surprised me in a good way.
Here are some of the ones that have stood out over the last few years.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
This was a popular book that all of the girls encouraged each other to read when I was a student at Word of Life. This was the first book I had ever read by the author so I had no idea what exactly what it was about and probably my first glimpse into what human trafficking was. I was hesitant about Christian fiction because I wanted to read about imperfect characters who mess up. That was one thing that Francine Rivers surprised me about. Angel is a woman who had been used and abused by men. It’s loosely based on the book of Hosea, but it does the same purpose, showing how God pursues us even when we run from Him. Like most of Francine Rivers’ novels, this is a book that will challenge you and stay with you long after the story is over.
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
A good friend recommended this when I was in high school. I purchased the book, but ended up getting busy with college and life and forgot all about it. After I graduated college, I decided to give it a go. The first couple chapters are hard to read because the author is describing Ancient Rome and what was happening, but the book itself is incredible. Hadassah starts out as a scared and timid Jewish Christian woman who by the end understands the importance of sharing her faith with others and stands up for her faith, even if it means dying. This is truly a powerful book that will challenge you and stay with you long after the story is over.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
When the commercials started airing for the movies, I was skeptical. All of my friends were ranting and waving and I thought they were crazy. Who wants to read about a bunch of kids trying to kill each other? When I sat down and watched the movie, I found that there was more to it. It’s about a couple kids who are don’t want to do what their government tells them and set about to start a revolution to overthrow the evil government. After that, I gave the book a shot and was surprised at how much I loved the book. The book surprised me so much that I can easily see something happening to us in the near future which is insane.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I purchased this because I loved the cover. Heartless is based on Catherine, the Queen of Hearts, making this a prequel of sorts to Alice in Wonderland. We first meet Cath as this sweet, caring, kind girl who easily befriends anyone and everyone. She also happens to be an excellent baker with the dream of opening up her own bakery. What surprised me the most was how Marissa Meyer took a beloved classic and made it completely her own. She took a character she created with a nice personality and made her turn wicked, making it perfect prequel if there were to ever be one.